A private school on the NSW Central Coast has closed today due to a possible coronavirus case in a student.
All students and staff at Green Point Christian College in Green Point are being told to stay home today while further tests are undertaken by NSW Health.
"The school has been advised by NSW Health of a possible but unconfirmed case of COVID-19," the school advised parents in a social media post this morning.
"The school will be non-operational for the on-site attendance of staff and students today as an extra precaution while we await confirmation of the result."https://www.facebook.com/GreenPointChristianCollege/posts/2982015518585836
It comes as NSW Health released today's figures stating no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New South Wales as of 8pm yesterday.
This is despite 50 employees at a Woolworths supermarket in inner-Sydney being forced into quarantine yesterday after a worker at the store tested positive to COVID-19.
The man had worked shifts manning the self-service desks at the store on 276 Darling Street in Balmain on the weekend.
Residents in Sydney's inner-western suburbs today heeded warnings to come forward for testing, with long queues of cars forming outside the testing clinic on Church Street in Balmain.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard called on anyone who had visited the Balmain store on June 27 or June 28 to get tested if they had any symptoms, however mild.
This is despite Victorian health authorities insisting the man was not infectious when he was released from hotel quarantine in Melbourne, having tested positive to the virus ten days earlier.
"NSW Health is now acting on a precautionary basis. Balmain residents should be on alert for any symptoms and come forward and get tested," Mr Hazzard said.
The man, aged in his 30s, had recently returned from Bangladesh before he spent two weeks in hotel quarantine in Melbourne.
He developed symptoms on June 14, tested positive for coronavirus on June 18 and was released from quarantine on June 26, 14 days after he arrived in Melbourne, but 12 days after the onset of symptoms.
The man travelled to Sydney on Jetstar flight JQ510 on June 26 and then worked shifts at the Woolworths store on June 27 and 28.
Mr Hazzard said Woolworths is managing the situation and ensuring staff who came into contact with the man are in self-isolation.
A thorough clean of the store is also underway.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health immediately started rigorous contact tracing procedures after the man tested positive.
The case is the latest in a series of apparent breaches in the Victorian hotel quarantine process which has been credited in part with fuelling the recent surge in community transmission in Victoria.
NSW Police today released a report into its quarantine procedures in Sydney hotels.
It found no breaches had occurred to date, despite 32,036 people having entered into hotel quarantine since it was initiated on March 29.
Around 500 police officers and 150 Defence Force personnel are stationed at 22 hotels across Sydney, with hotels strictly divided according to those who exhibit potential symptoms of COVID-19.
"Any person who becomes symptomatic while in a police-managed quarantine hotel is transferred to a NSW Health-managed hotel," the NSW Police statement read.
"The professional management of this process has dramatically reduced the risk of COVID-19 spread within hotels, including to staff and other guests, and to-date has ensured no transmission has occurred."
There are current just under 5000 people still in hotel quarantine under the care of NSW Police.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-central-coast-school-closed-due-to-possible-covid19-in-student/fea64d98-cf06-4565-8785-376ce32d42df